One downside of finding a book that you absolutely love is that none of the author's other books quite live up to it, but Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys
is the closest I've come to enjoying one of his novels as much as The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
. Very much a book about writing books, Grady is a novelist who teaches a university creative writing course and who's been stuck writing his latest novel, also called Wonder Boys
, for the last seven years - he's written thousands of pages and still can't see an end in sight. Accompanied by his editor and a suicidal student he ends up on a convoluted road trip as the boot of his car gets filled with an assortment of unlikely things - a dead dog and snake, a jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe and a tuba that (especially when he's been smoking pot) he increasingly believes is judging him. Although it has depth, especially in how Grady's been sabotaging every relationship in his life, it's predominantly a flat-out comedy that made me laugh out loud several times while I was reading it. Very enjoyable.